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"Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral
"Discover Goa’s colorful history on this private half-day tour. Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this region’s religion and architecture from your expert guide’s interesting commentary about all the places you see. After pickup from air-conditioned vehicle your guide will take you to the Basilica of Bom Jesus a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remains of the Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier.Enter the church and walk on the marble floor inlaid with precious stones. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the walls that depict scenes from St F also known as the Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria
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Full Day Private Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation
"9am - You will be picked up from the sea port or your desired location in Goa to begin your full day tour with a professional guide.9.45am - Shri Manguesh TempleA beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on a Hillock. T stands at the gates in the temple complex. 10.45am - Shree Mahalasa TempleAlso known as Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple is 450 year old Temple dedicated to the Goddess Mahalasa. Lakshmi (Mahalasa) the goddess of wealth and prosperity is the presiding deity in this temple. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. 12.30pm - Sahakari Spice Farm (Lunch Included)A an aroma of a variety of genuine spices coming from the trees grown around the farm lots of knowledge guidance on the type of species and treatment for various diseases sumptuous lunch in traditional Goan style. As you move deeper into this site
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Private Tour: Goa Sightseeing and Night Cruise with Dinner and Hotel Transfer
"Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Goa by 4:00 PM and start this special night tour. Board the popular catamaran style cruise with western or Indian DJ while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. Cruise gently down the river to the Dona Pau past the Adil Shah Palace which was the first building of Panjim that was built by the Sultan as his summer palace and used to housed the Goa Secretariat. After the cruise travel by road and see the Immaculate Conception Church with a panoramic view of P""This is a perfect tour for people who enjoy night life and modern night cruise with DJ. Take the popular catamaran boat cruise and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and mesmerizing view. Also visit the Conception Church with a panoramic view of Panaji City frotitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+romantic+night+including+dinner&2=Romantic+experience%2C+perfect+for+couples&3=See+the+sights+illuminated+at+night&4=All+entrance+fees+included"""Goa
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Spice Plantation

This is also in the Ponda area...so you could bolt it on to the temple trip. Most people arrive here on tour groups...but get your taxi driver to drop you off...then you can look around at your own pace! Its called the Tropical Spice Plantation and a two hour tour is only 300 Rupees...or about four quid! Included in this price is a one hour guided tour, a glass of fenny, and a buffet indian lunch!

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BluBluBlu
Mar 08, 2007

Visit to the Spice Plantation

Our visit to the Spice Plantation proved to be excellant, it was fun guessing what each bush / tree provided from tasting the leaves, the guide was very funny and informative, he informed us that there was no waste at all from the Coconut Tree. The cost was only 300 rupees and lunch was included. A first for us was seeing the pineapple bushes !! At the end of the tour we watched a local man climbing the coconut trees and swinging from one tree to another, complete with the Tarzan cry ! After the tour you were given the option of buying made up pastes and medicines at very reasonable prices.

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susie46
May 07, 2004

tropical spice plantation

the tropical spice plantation at arla-keri ponda is a lesser known entity.

the plantation is a very big area which grows spices and exotic herbs and fragrances vanilla pods etc, a small part of it has been promoted for eco tourism.

it offers packages of 300 rupees per person including lunch served with mild hoorack or the fiery feni(local liquor from cashew nuts)

the lunch has a very basic earthern flavor to it and is unlike the cosmetic food u end up eating at most restaurants.

on arrival u get a welcome softdrink/coconut water. thereafter a guide/educator takes you through the plantation which is very dense, but shields you from the heat.

various local produces like fruits of all types canning betelnuts jackfruit and feni distillation by traditional method is shown to you including some scientific information.

the entrance has a very good wooden bridge which seems to have been taken straight out of the sets of indiana jones. if you visit the plantation in october you may have water under the bridge with buffaloes lazing around underneath. in summer the estuary dries up.

the plantation is closed during months of rain viz june to oct.

i would recommend a half day trip beginning in the morning. by the time you finish the tour and lunch the heat has started abating and you can easily proceed to your next destination of interest.

pravdr
Aug 03, 2004

Take a Spice plantation tour

Goa, is famous for its sea food and also its spices. They grow many of the different spices you can buy here (this is why the portugese took over the state for a while). I didn't know much about how spices grew so took a tour at the Savoi plantation (although there are many to choose from and are probably the same). We had an excellent guide that showed us round and then we got a meal to sample all the different spices we had seen. All this for about US$5.

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Nov 15, 2002
 
 
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Spice Plantation

We spent a pleasant morning at a spice plantation. On arrival we were given a traditional welcome with garland around our necks and a snack. We were then shown around the plantation by a very knowledgable guide who told us all about the homeopathic uses of the various spices. We finished off with a generous lunch. And it all cost only a fiver.

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lloafer
Mar 15, 2004

Tropical Spice Plantation

Around 6km from Ponda is the Tropical Spice Plantation which is worth a visit. Reached by a wooden foot bridge which makes for a great photo opportunity especially if the water buffalo is there. You're welcomed with a floral garland and a warm lemon and ginger tea. The tour around the plantation lasted around 45 minutes but can also be combined with an elephant ride. Lunch is also provided.

We ended up here by default when our cab driver who was supposed to be just dropping us off in Old Goa suggested the plantation - not sure if they get commission for bringing people here but it was well worth it anyway.

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clouds111
Aug 07, 2007

Spice plantation

We got a local taxi to take us out for a day and show us some sights and we stopped at the spice plantation just around lunch time. We were greeted in traditional Goan style showered with petals before being shown to our seats for the great buffet lunch of traditional Goan fare. After lunch we went on the escorted tour of the plantation where we were shown vanilla, cardamon, nutmeg, cashews, jack fruits and lots more of the spice you would only see in the supermarket back home.
The whole plantation experience only cost around 300 rupees each (around £4.50)-great value for money

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catkin
May 23, 2005

Dudhsagar Spice Plantation

This plantation is lesser known and slightly off the beaten track (they have not put up signboards and you need to call in advance to visit). We visited after spending the morning at the waterfall. On arrival, we were treated to some delicious herbal tea and the owner gave us an introduction to the plantation. We were treated to a vegetarian goan lunch cooked with local butter oil (ghee) and local spices – very delicious. After lunch we were shown around the plantation where we saw cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and many other spices grow. We were also shown the distillery which is used to produce the popular cashew feni. The plantation has a very down to earth atmosphere and I recommend a visit.
It is located on the way to Dudhsagar Waterfall and driving directions can be found on their website (www.dudhsagarplantation.com).

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Spice Plantation

Try and get a tour to the spice plantation arranged by your hotel desk and try the Goan Lunch they serve too.

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Feb 08, 2007

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